Dec. 16, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers should be mindful of the risks of fire over the holiday season. The Department of Public Safety's Office of the Fire Marshal issued the reminder today.
"Many of us decorate our homes for the holidays with trees, lights and other ornaments," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran. "While this helps create a festive atmosphere, it is important to remember that many types of decorations may pose a fire hazard."
A number of fire-safety precautions and tips for safety decorating and entertaining are available at the Office of the Fire Marshal webpage, www.gnb.ca/0276/fire/index-e.asp. The site also provides information to holiday shoppers about how to be fire-aware in their purchases, and it suggests a number of fire-safety gift ideas.
Foran emphasized the importance of having operating smoke alarms on every level of a home, and reminded New Brunswickers to take a moment to protect themselves and their families.
"The simple truth is, a few easy precautions can save lives," Foran said. "I encourage New Brunswickers to help us spread the word on fire safety this holiday season, and I invite them to join us as we work together to build a safer New Brunswick."
EDITOR'S NOTE: New Brunswick Fire Marshal Benoit LaRoche will be available for media interviews. MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Carrière, media relations, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.